Contrary to what people think or imagine, mixing and pouring concrete is not as simple or easy. Aside from the need for the correct equipment or tools, there is also the need to perform the proper maintenance to ensure it remains in tiptop shape before and after use.
Concreting tools are quite heavy-duty. One wrong move or a simple mishandling of the equipment can cause serious injuries or damage the tool big-time. The most basic thing to remember when maintaining and cleaning these tools is to determine the difference and function of each. By doing so, you will understand better why each tool needs a specific type of care to preserve its quality.
So how do professionals recommend upkeep for concreting equipment?
Consistency in caring for your equipment is very important. The more continuously you care for it, the more you prevent rust from forming. It also gives you the chance to preserve its quality for a longer period. More importantly, you can immediately determine whether your tools need repairing or If you need to replace it as soon as possible.
Store and inspect
As mentioned, it is very crucial to know your tools and equipment from the inside-out. It will serve as your basis or guide for checking whether the parts like the blades and screws and even the amount of oil used is in place and moderation. Store your tools in a cool and dry place at all times. Keeping heavy-duty equipment in damp areas can cause mould to develop along the surfaces and crevices of your tools.
Grease as needed
Greasing the tools enable and ensure smooth performance every time you use your concrete materials. It prevents clogging on the engine, and it also prevents excessive dust from accumulating. Dust accumulation can potentially cause engines in concreting equipment to slow down or damage the bearing.
Handle or use with care
Although tools for cutting, smoothing out, or handling concrete are heavy-duty, that does not mean it is okay to mistreat these machinery. Avoid exerting excessive force when using it, especially if it is not necessary. Allow the blades and the machine to perform as it should and do its job. Some people tend to make the mistake of pushing the blade too much or adding more than the ideal amount of pressure that causes friction and can dull the blades or cause the waste material to collect inside the engine.
Clean, clean, clean
Cleaning tools sloppily is a huge no-no. It will be tougher to clean off concrete once it hardens and is left to stick around on the tools for an extended time. Wipe off the dust and use a water hose to flush down all the dirt and materials that are stuck on the equipment. Power washing is not recommended, because the force of the water can leave cracks and damage the small parts that comprise your power tools.
Lend tools responsibly
Don’t lend your concreting tools to just anybody. It would help if you guaranteed that they are knowledgeable and experienced in handling heavy-duty tools. Otherwise, you might as well watch them as they mishandle your equipment and drain a huge amount of your money down the drain. When people with previous experience and expertise in handling tools for concreting and construction borrow your tools, you are more assured that they will understand your demands and standards for how you want your tools to be cared for.